How much do you know about the Memorial Day holiday? Here's a brief primer on the origins of this special day.
Memorial Day always falls on the last Monday of May. It originated “in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971,” according to history.com. What many don’t know is that Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day, according to website usmemorialday.org. It has always been designed to be “a day of remembrance for those who have died in service to the United States of America.”
Memorial Day is also the annual observance of many Carry the Load events around the U.S. Carry the Load is “a non-profit dedicated to providing active, meaningful ways to honor and celebrate the sacrifices made by our nation’s heroes – military, law enforcement, firefighters and first responders,” according to the website.
Former NAVY Seal Clint Bruce recognized that Memorial Day sometimes is lost between the beginning of summer activities and end-of-school-year events. He wanted a way to honor military personnel and civilian first responders who had given their all to our country.
The result of his quest was Carry The Load.
Mr. Bruce recalls wanting to do something to change the perspective of Memorial Day. He picked up a backpack and began walking in remembrance of fallen heroes. Meeting another veteran along the way on one of his walks, the other man said, “Son, who are you carrying?” The non-profit organization was born out of that conversation.
Don’t Forget Our Heroes! Carry The Load!
Carry the Load is based in Dallas and hosts activities around the country. Carry The Load activities take place throughout May. On Memorial Day weekend itself, Dallas will host a memorial march. The event begins at noon on Sunday, May 28 at Reverchon Park, and ends at 3 p.m. Monday, May 29 at the same location.
Carry the Load also supports national heroes through a “continuum of care for Military, Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and Rescue personnel and their families.” Learn more about the Continuum of Care program by clicking here.
We here at The Knowledge Nook would like to take a moment on this Memorial Day remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. And we’d like to say “Thank You” to some of the companies we’ve worked with over the years who have now partnered with Carry the Load to keep the message resonating.
Do you have a story to share about a lost loved one or fallen hero? You can take part of this nationwide event by sharing stories on social media with the hashtag #CarryTheLoad.